The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has reported 46 new COVID-19 cases today, along with the loss of four community members. Today, Toronto had 149 new cases, Hamilton had 21 new cases, and Middlesex-London had 15 new cases. Yesterday there were 71 cases, and on Monday there were 50 cases. There are now 543 active cases in our region, bringing the total number to 18,713 cases, and 443 deaths related to COVID-19. Of the new cases announced today eight are from close contact with another confirmed case, four are considered community spread, and 34 are under investigation. There are currently 15 workplace outbreaks, one community outbreak, and one outbreak at a long-term care home. There are 22 confirmed cases in the hospital, with four in the ICU, and 17,727 cases have been listed as resolved. Locally, a total of 584,352 doses of the vaccine have been administered, with 80.5 per cent of individuals over 12 having received one dose, and 73.5 per cent of individuals over 12 having received both doses. Across the province today there were 554 new cases of COVID-19. Yesterday there were 564 cases, and on Monday there were 581 cases.
On Friday September 10, there will be a pop-up vaccination clinic offered at the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Education parking lot from 10am to 3pm.
Vaccines remain available at the mass vaccination site located in the former Sears store at Devonshire Mall for residents 12 years of age and older. You can find up-to-date information about where to get vaccinated at www.wevax.ca
SAFE RETURN TO SCHOOLS
As kids in the province return to the classroom this week, the Minister of Education said this morning that about 25 to 30 per cent of schools in Ontario are still without mechanical ventilation. I have heard from families and teachers throughout this pandemic who are tired and burnt out from the anxiety and stress of worrying that schools aren’t safe enough. They are looking for hope right now that the disruptions in education are over, particularly with the news of a COVID-19 outbreak at the Discovery Child Care Centre in Kingsville, where 41 confirmed cases were reported, and at Stella Maris Catholic Elementary School in Amherstburg where 57 students were dismissed today after notification of a positive case.
My caucus colleagues and I continue to call on the government to implement a Safe September plan that would make class sizes smaller, improve ventilation to minimum standards, and roll out comprehensive rapid testing to schools province wide. We also continue to call on the provincial government to implement 14 government-funded paid sick days and family days. When employees are exposed to COVID-19 at their workplace, or when parents need to stay home with a child who has been exposed, they should not have to worry about losing a paycheque. The provincial government is sitting on 96 per cent of the funding allocated for this program, and have only provided three sick days. That is not enough, and we need to do more to help people through the fourth wave of this pandemic and keep kids in schools. You can read the Minister of Education’s remarks here and more information about the outbreak here.
The Berkshire Care Centre on Dougal Ave has an outbreak after three staff members have tested positive. The local health unit has also updated their listings of possible public COVID-19 exposure points, which can be found here.
CANADA BORDERS REOPEN TO INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLERS
Canada’s borders are now open to fully vaccinated, international travellers. Travellers entering Canada must be fully vaccinated with a Canadian-approved vaccine at least 14 days prior to arriving and have received a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of their scheduled flight or their arrival at a land border crossing. You can read the full details and requirements here.
Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.